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Becoming a Graduate Music Major


An application to any of the Master of Music programs includes an application to the Graduate College, an audition or portfolio review in the School of Music, and an interview with the Coordinator of Music Graduate Studies or area coordinator. In order to ensure full consideration for music scholarships and assistantships, applicants must have all Graduate College documents on file by January 15 and auditions or portfolio reviews completed by February 2.

Preparing your Graduate School and Audition or Portfolio Applications

Step 1

All MM - Music and MM - Music Education applicants must apply to the Graduate College

  • If you are applying for consideration into one of our MM - Music degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUSIC page.
  • If you are applying for consideration into one of our MM - Music Education degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUSIC EDUCATION page.
  • The application to the Graduate College, regardless of degree involves:
    • Completing an application form (including fee) through ApplyTexas.
    • Activating your NetID
    • Submitting the following documents:
    • Official transcripts of your undergraduate degree(s)
    • English Proficiency (TOEFL) for international students
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Résumé
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • International students visit the Graduate College's International Student Information page for detailed information regarding additional requirements.

Step 2

Submit your online Audition Request or Portfolio submission through Acceptd including all required submissions outlined below based on your degree program.

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Step 3

Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your primary instrument, voice part, or area indicated in your application.

MM - Music, all Performance concentrations Audition Day Information

  • 8:30am: Check-in begins
  • 9:15am: Auditions and Interviews begin. Student guides lead tours of the Performing Arts Center.
    • Tours will leave from the School of Music lobby every 30 minutes until auditions conclude.

For the faculty you will complete your performance audition on your primary instrument for studio/degree plan acceptance consideration. If you are auditioning for Fall 2019 acceptance you will also be considered for School of Music scholarships at the same time (no additional application/procedure is required).

NOTE: Live auditions are preferred; however, if you are unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus (ex. out-of-state/international) you may attach a recorded audition that represents your best performing abilities to your Audition Request media tab.

Music Auditions Contact

Krystyn Jensen

Phone: 512.245.7928


What to expect after your Audition

  • Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the Graduate College. NOTE: If you have not submitted all documents to the Graduate College, audition results will be delayed. When your audition or portfolio review has been completed in the School of Music and the Graduate College materials have been submitted, your grade point average (GPA) will be calculated. The School of Music will then make an admission recommendation to the Graduate Dean with whom the final decision rests.
  • After an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive email notification from the Graduate College at the email address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program will also receive a letter via U.S. Mail. For additional information regarding application status, please see the following link on the Graduate College website: If accepted, please email Dr. Al Corley,, to confirm your attendance plans and arrange an advising session. You will be cleared to register upon acceptance.
  • Music scholarship offers and graduate assistant offers will be sent by email by the end of March.  
    • If you accept a music scholarship offer from another institution prior to April 15th and decide to accept a music scholarship offer from TXST instead, you must notify the original institution prior to April 15th; otherwise the TXST offer is void.
    • Graduate Assistant positions are awarded separately from scholarships. Applicants awarded assistantships will receive a separate email letter providing the details of the position. Instructions for accepting the assistantship will be included.

As prescribed by the National Association of Schools of Music, your declaration of intent to attend once accepted as a graduate music major and any acceptance of a scholarship/assistantship are not binding before April 15. After April 15, written approval is required to release you from your signed commitment to Texas State to attend elsewhere.

Graduate Music Coordinator

Dr. Alton Corley

Phone: 512.245.7387